Top Schools for Political Science Undergraduate Degrees

Political science examines the nature and interdependent functions of the government and the political dynamics of the state. Read on for criteria you can use in picking a school, and see what three top schools have to offer you. Get more info about degree options and what you'll learn. Schools offering Public Administration - Government degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Characteristics of a Top Political Science Undergraduate Program?

The best political science schools usually have award winning faculty members who are well-represented in secondary literature and have published work in recognized academic journals. Because political science consists of a number of sub-disciplines, the best programs should offer a wide range of specialized course topics, allowing you to focus on an area of study that interests you. Good programs typically have an option for you to pursue an internship or participate at on-campus research centers and workshops.

What Are Three Top Undergraduate Political Science Programs?

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania (UP) is an Ivy League school that has been ranked among the Princeton Review's Best Northeastern Colleges in 2012. UP has focused on adding faculty members who have diverse teaching methods, which has caused the political science department to expand recently. You can take courses in four subfields, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. The political science department can also offer you internship and educational opportunities in Washington, DC, which puts you in the center of American politics for a semester. You can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with additional specialization options in political economy and political communication.

University of California in San Diego

According to the Washington Monthly 2011 national universities rankings, the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) was ranked first in the nation, while Times Higher Education ranked UCSD the 33rd best university in the world. The Department of Political Science at UCSD is home to award-winning and internationally recognized scholars who specialize in a broad range of subjects, including American politics, health policy, voting behavior, ethnic policies and international law. At UCSD, you can major in political science and specialize in one of six areas: political theory, American politics, comparative politics, public law, public policy and international relations. UCSD awards a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

The University of Chicago in Illinois

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Chicago (UC) as the fifth best university in the nation in 2012. Times Higher Education ranked UC at number 9 on the list of world university rankings. The political science department at UC emphasizes a progressive attitude that fosters intellectual and methodological diversity. While earning your Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, you can take courses within four general subfields of political science, including political theory, American politics and public policy, comparative politics and international relations. UC also features a number of workshops designed to keep you up-to-date with ongoing research and give you the opportunity to work with other students and faculty members.

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